Heart of Tucson Art Studio Tour with Valerie Galloway April 03 2017
Please join Valerie Galloway as she presents a new series of artworks entitled Charm & Exuberance for the Heart of Tucson Art Studio Tour at Yikes Toys.
Visit and converse with the artist Valerie Galloway on Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9 / 10 am to 4 pm.
New Hours! January 08 2017
Monday through Saturday 10 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 10 am - 3:00 pm
Open 7 Days a Week for your shopping pleasure!
Sunshine Shop Tucson November 26 2016
Just two doors down from Yikes Toys is a wonderful new local business. Located in the iconic Hirsh's Shoes building (recently purchased by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation), Yikes's Proprietress Patricia Katchur has created Sunshine Shop Tucson- a miscellany of mid-century mod furniture & goods, contemporary art and all things Arizona.
Further details available at SunshineShopTucson.com
Chock Full O'Fun! November 20 2016
Yikes Toys is bursting at the seams with loads of new items. One of my favorites is Metal Earth Model Kits (note: for the meticulous and detail-oriented who have the patience of a saint).
Say hello to C-3PO...
Yikes Toys is Open 7 Days a Week Again! October 25 2016
Yes, it's true! We're open every day of the week again! Hello Sundays, welcome back! Also note: new early weekend hours!
Monday - Friday 10 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9 am - 6:00
Sunday 9 am - 4 pm
Yikes Toys presents Caterpillar Day 2016 August 17 2016
Join us Sunday, August 21, 11 - 2 pm
2nd Annual Caterpillar Day with Michael Wilson, Entomologist & Botanist
Be wowed by the colors and patterns of some of the most beautiful creatures in the Southwest. And understand the mystery of moths--all around us, yet almost always unseen. Join in this tour of our spectacular natural world!
My Neighbor Totoro June 03 2016
Tucson offers a wonderful selection of fun things to do. One of my favorites is The Loft Cinema's (fairly yearly) showing of My Neighbor Totoro later this month (as part of the Complete Studio Ghibli Series). Plus, it's a perfect way to escape our summertime desert heat!
As well, Yikes Toys has stocked up on a fanciful selection of Totoro items (plus other super-cute Japanese goodies). Stop by Yikes Toys and see for yourself! Happiness abound!
Perhaps we'll see you at the movies...
Bewitched / Valerie Galloway April 06 2016
Yikes Toys is pleased to host Valerie Galloway and Patricia Katchur for the 2015 Tucson Artists' Open Studios.
Atomic Yikes ! September 28 2014In celebration of Tucson Modernism Week (Oct. 3 - 11), Yikes Toys has a new logo design, Atomic Yikes!
See you soon!
GLOW is a wonderful event that takes place on my friend Sharon Holnback's Triangle L Ranch in Oracle, Arizona. For many years, I was very involved in helping organize the event, but now I enjoy attending just to have fun! Triangle L Ranch is a 50+ acre ranch in the Sonoran high desert where GLOW comes alive with illuminated artworks, blazingly spectacular live music and phantasmic performance art. A real community event.
Tickets are available for sale at Yikes Toys! For online tickets, details and dates please visit TriangleLRanch.com
Sunprints! July 26 2014
Sunprint (otherwise known as cyanotype - one of the earliest photographic processes; or blueprint - best known for architectural renderings) is one of Yikes Toys favorite items! A wonderful introduction to chemistry and art, Sunprint Kit encourages one to observe and interpret. A simple yet educational way to learn about UV light, chemical reactions and aesthetics. Create artworks while learning about science. Perfect for Ages 6+ and a great gift for any budding naturalist, chemist or artist!
SUNPRINTS – HOW THEY WORK & TIPS FOR BEST RESULTS
I. What you need
SUNPRINTS – HOW THEY WORK & TIPS FOR BEST RESULTS
1 Sunprint paper, acrylic sheet, cardboard, a tub full of water, fun and interesting objects to print.
II. Arrange your objects on a piece of Sunprint paper out of the reach of the sun.
1 The blue molecules embedded in the paper are sensitive to ultra-violet light. For best results, prepare your print in a place where the sun’s light cannot reach the paper as you arrange objects on top of it. Direct sunlight will expose the paper quickly, but even ambient light in the shade, or in a room with a big window will cause slow exposure of the paper.
III. Place the acrylic pressing sheet on top to flatten and hold your items to the Sunprint paper.
1 Using the acrylic pressing sheet when taking prints of flat or almost-flat objects will help to sharpen the edges between blue and white in your final print. The ambient sunlight outdoors will find its way underneath the edges of your objects if they are not pressed firmly to the paper, and you will get Sunprints with blended edges.
IV. Take your Sunprint outside and lay it in direct sunlight for 2-5 minutes.
1 The areas of the paper exposed to the sun will fade from blue to white. When you see most of the color disappear from the paper, your print has been fully exposed. If no direct sunlight is available, don’t worry—just expose your print a little longer and wait for the same fading effect. Under cloud cover, the process will take 5-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the clouds. What is happening in this step? Two crucial molecules in the paper are interacting, forming a new molecule. Their interaction is initiated by specific wavelengths of ultra-violet light. The new molecule is colorless so that as the blue molecules are converted, the white of the paper base begins to show through. Areas of the paper covered by your objects still contain the original blue molecule, so they remain blue.
V. Rinse your Sunprint in water. Watch the white turn into blue and the blue turn into white.
1 To get the deepest blue that the paper can give, leave it in the water for a while: 1-5 minutes. There are two exciting things happening underwater. First, the original blue compound is water soluble so that when you immerse it in the bath, the water carries it away, leaving only the white paper base in those areas. Second, the colorless compound whose formation was caused by the sun’s energy is not water soluble, so it cannot wash away in the water bath. It is sensitive to the water in another way. Just as the Sun’s light stimulated a chemical change in the previous step, the water stimulates another chemical change. The water causes an oxidation reaction that turns the colorless compound into the deep blue of a finished Sunprint.
VI. Lay your Sunprint flat on an absorbent surface and allow it to try.
1 You can use a paper towel, or a piece of cardboard as a bed for your Sunprint while it dries. Putting it on something absorbent helps to avoid the formation of water spots by drawing the water from the Sunprint paper.
2 When you take your paper out of the water, it will probably not have finished oxidizing. The water remaining in the paper will do the job before it evaporates. By the time it is all gone you should have a beautiful deep blue Sunprint!
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Song of Childhood from the film Wings of Desire July 23 2014
Wow! Seems like yesterday and tomorrow simultaneously!
Remembering Apollo 11 Moon Landing
via Boing Boing Link
featuring Mark Kelly, Stephen Colbert and many more! Amazing times.
this article is quite amusing!
Our favorite is below, the Undersea Ships!
image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Loft Cinema Kids Fest July 19 - 27, 2014 July 18 2014
daily at 10 am
Enter the free raffle and possibly win a special edition Yikes Toys Wacky Gift Bag !!!
Ark D’Bevel Docks; Sets to Disembark July 14 2014
If you live in Tucson, Arizona and you've never seen Matt Bevel's mechanical wonders, now is the time! And if you don't live in this part of the SW desert, it would be worth a trip!
Read all about it in this month's Zocalo Magazine
Photo: Toshi Ueshina
Tree Circus July 09 2014A Tree Circus! This is definitely road trip material...
Axel Erlandson, Tree Tinkerer from the 1920s, created shapes, sculptures and even furniture with live trees! And some are still viewable today! Learn about the The Tree Circus history.
Books About Town / London July 05 2014
An incredibly interesting way to celebrate books!
Books About Town is happening in London this summer...
Peter PanA Brief History of TimeOrigin of Species
Sea Monkeys July 04 2014
Vintage Sea Monkey advertisement
4th of July July 03 2014
Yikes Toys will be closed on Friday, July 4th. We'll reopen Saturday, July 5th at 10 am.
Hope you have a spectacular holiday!
Hopefully Monsters & Legends by Davide Cali and Gabriella Giandelli will soon grace the book selection at Yikes Toys!
A most fascinating read. Who knew?
Fatal Victorian Fashion and the Allure of the Poison Garment
Catherine Eyde's 'Rain" July 01 2014
Where's Waldo? July 01 2014
Back in Tucson for the month of July.
The famous fellow in the striped shirt and black rimmed specs will be in 25 businesses in two areas in central Tucson: 4th Avenue and at the shops on the corner of Broadway & Country Club (AKA Broadway Village).
Those who spot Waldo (well, a 6" version of him) in 20 locations can enter a raffle to win fabulous Waldo prizes as well as prizes from many of the participating businesses.
Want to participate? Pick up a Waldo Passport at
Antigone Books (411 N. 4th Ave) or
Yikes Toys! (2930 E. Broadway).
Passports will be available on July 1.
You have the entire month of July to find 20 Waldos. Your passport must be handed in by Thursday July 31 at 7pm.
Visit Local First Arizona for the full details, to print out your Golden Coupon and see other participating merchants!
Soviet Concept Vehicles June 30 2014
These Soviet conceived vehicles are out-of-this-world! Would be fun to tour the world traveling in the
M-20 Pobeda Sport, 1950